Slackness: Coming Late

Whether you are a student , parent or an office manager, we all face one thing thats common and is likely to diminishe the shine in our personality or probably stunt your career progress and that is perpetual tardiness.

We have all slept through an alarm or got stuck in traffic jams but being late frequently can be a hindrance to your co-workers, especially if you have a meeting scheduled at the said time and you turn up late.

Arriving late to work is not accepted even if all of your work gets completed at the core hours. Occasionally, making time for work in the later hours if you come late is acceptable.

Companies are starting to realize how important work-life balance is and have recognized that working outside contract hours is not healthy or a good thing to do. A healthy work-life balance gives an employee a feeling of loyalty, happy employees and willingness to recommend it as a great place to work. Employers can encourage this by offering flexible or remote working, compulsory leave, and strict maximum hours.

The cause

Being late could either be a sign of striking out or either adrenaline running in the form of deliberately coming late as some people enjoy the heady rush of excitement that comes with an impending deadline (or in this case, contracted hours). Employers can keep an eye on this as the root cause of this problem could be something else which was not expected.

No-one wants to be seen as unreliable but coming late just implies that and impacts long term career. When you are late people do not take you seriously as a careless image is created.

Some Tips:

  • Set alarm 15 minutes earlier
  • Keep your outfit ready the night before to save time in the morning
  • Reward yourself when you arrive early or on time
  • Pin down your most frequent excuses for being late, then wipe them out
  • Ask for work flexibly and start half an hour later
  • Arrive early but leave on time (59% of employers and employees agree that’s always acceptable)

The lighter side of Tardiness:

Whether you believe it or not all of the following excuses were actually given as reasons why employees were late :

1. While rowing across the river to work, I got lost in the fog.
2. I had to go audition for American Idol.
3. My route to work was shut down by a Presidential motorcade.
4. I have transient amnesia and couldn’t remember my job.
5. I was indicted for securities fraud this morning.
6. The line was too long at Starbucks.

Lack of punctuality may lead to resentment, as coworkers who are on time compare themselves to late-comers. When leaders are late, this especially creates a negative impact on the team members and may lead to low morale.

It is said that ten minutes of tardiness over the course of one year will cost you the equivalent of one week’s paid vacation. Being consistently late may cause you to start rationalizing your lateness. When this happens, you begin to blame outside circumstances and lose focus on potential solutions. Constant lateness can lock you into a pattern.

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